History 105: american history after 1865 week 3 discussion

Part 1: Post a Response 

Each region (North, South, West) of the United States experienced the era of Industrialization (1865–1920) differently, with different issues and groups at the forefront.

Choose one of the following groups in the American Industrial Era (1865-1920):

  1. New European immigrants in the east
  2. African Americans in the “new south”
  3. Asian immigrants in the west

Then, in a full paragraph or two:

  • Identify the main challenges facing this group during these industrial years.
  • Describe at least one specific example that illustrates such challenge(s) and how the group dealt with it.
  • Suggest lessons for our own time, such as positive or effective ways for some group today to deal with society’s barriers as well as the inevitable challenges of economic change.
  • Identify the source(s) where you read about the group and its challenges.

Part 2: Respond to a Peer 

Read a post by one of your peers and respond, making sure to extend the conversation by asking questions, offering rich ideas, or sharing personal connections.

Reference Material 

Week 3 Learn materials

Chapter 18

Respond to this Peer: (Lisa Lipscomb)

American Industrial Era (1865-1920)

The Industrial Age: North South and West.

Choose one of the following groups in American Industrial Era (1865-1920)

I have chosen the New European Immigrants in the East.

According to the history books the American Industrial Revolution changed how one experienced life on a daily basis as well as their abilities to support themselves and their families in such a diverse  populated and growing  America. The jobs created by this industrial growth also made the north a draw for European immigrants searching for economic opportunities and freedom from persecution . The Immigrants that entered the United States,  generally came through the East Coast facilities, while others such as(Asians, etc), entering through the West Coast centers. Nevertheless, more than 70 percent of all immigrants entered through New York City, which came to be known as the ” Golden Door”.

The Promise of Liberty.

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled Masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

12 million Immigrants between 1880 and 1920, were processed on Ellis Island, before receiving permission to enter the United States. There were Greeks, Ukrainians, Czechs, Serbs, Poles, and Italians, who searched for a better way of life for their families, in the states, and abroad, with the promise of work, housing and a better way of living. 

Identify the main challenges facing this group, during these industrial years.

1). The Europeans experienced a growth in population in the nineteenth century which caused gaps in the number of workers and the number of jobs. To say the least, other problems that the immigrants faced were that they were uneducated, and speaking many different languages, this was a hard life, learning how to function, in a new country, and to then be able to gain employment to take care of their families, and or to send their money back home to their families, was always a challenge. The immigrants made up of half of the manufacturing workers in the 1920’s , and the Americas was a magnet because of the promise of economic growth and opportunities. 

Describe at least 1 specific example that illustrates such a challenge/ How did they deal with it?

2).  For example: Between 1910-1914, more than 400,000 Italian immigrants worked in America in the factories, mostly men, but then left America to return to their native lands to rejoin their families, with the earning that they acquired in the U.S as migrant workers. And others decided to stay in America and learn to become educated and work in the factories, those who did decide to stay, and make a better life for themselves and their families found themselves living  the tenement life, and working in the factory’s.  The manufactures sometimes provided company housing close to the factories so the entire work force could walk to work.. For most others, independent builders made quick profits by rapidly building inadequate  houses, they were able to get away with this for some time, because during this time, there were no building codes. With these tenement houses there were also no indoor pluming and that created more issues. The city government began to build sewers after 1860, and they were primitive at best.

Suggest lessons for our own time, such as a positive or effective way for some groups today to deal with society’s barriers, as well as the inevitable challenges of economic change.

3).  The lessons that I have learned in this history class up until today, that is still effecting the world in general is that there is always going to be A Industrial Revolution, we are constantly growing and learning and adapting to new things in our society, we went from farming to manufacturing, all because of the industrial revolution, we went from horse drawn carriages, to automobiles, thanks to industrial revolution, we went from telegraph, to telephone/cell phones, computers, all because of industrial revolution, out houses to indoor pumping my point, we’re still EVOLVYING.  Everything we do is because of evolving, changes and our economy is no different..We still are fighting however for the little things in life that seem to not matter to many corporations, and businesses, and even our government. When we  begin to truly acknowledge  America ‘s prejudices, and economic strains on the working class and less fortunate, then I will be able to say, Things have changed, and we all are treated equally, in our jobs, salaries, where we attempt to live and raise our families, we are still evolving. 

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